Gazette wins 20 awards in regional press association contest -- Gazette.Net







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The Gazette came away with 20 awards, including two for Best in Show, in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s annual editorial awards presentation Friday.

Staff Writer Kevin James Shay won Best in Show in the category of nonprofile feature story for his article about controversies that still surround the autopsy of President John F. Kennedy that was performed at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center. Shay also won second place for business reporting in The Gazette’s circulation category.

William P. Sears II won Best in Show in the category of Page 1 design. He also won first-place awards in feature page design, sports page design and art or illustration, plus second place in feature page design.

First-place winners were Senior Editor Vanessa Harrington, editorial; Sylvia Carignan, continuing coverage; Aline Barros, feature profile; Beth Angleberger, Page 1 design; and Gazette staff for best use of interactive media, for its online Purple Line presentation.

Second-place winners were Peggy McEwan, feature profile; St. John Barned-Smith, local government; Andrew Schotz, state government; Tom Fedor, feature photo; Carignan, environmental reporting; Glen Cullen and Robert Rand, headline; and staff, general website excellence.

A list of all the winners is at